Injury Expectations | Wednesday Update | Week 13

A review of the week's first full practice participation report

KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES

***Sammy Watkins played around half of Buffalo's offensive snaps last week. He was expected to practice Wednesday but was held out after informing the training staff he had soreness in his foot. It may be nothing -- you would expect the Bills to be very cautious with his practice reps -- but there are multiple reasons for concern here. Firstly, and obviously, soreness in the surgically repaired foot is what Watkins struggled with for weeks before finally deciding to take two months off to rest and rehab. To again feel soreness after three limited practices and just 25 game snaps could be expected but doesn't sound much different from where Watkins has been previously. Also, the team wasn't expecting this. The Bills told reporters Watkins would be limited before practice began, which suggests there wasn't much concern earlier this week. Finally, Watkins was in the locker room after practice and refused to talk to reporters. Tomorrow's participation report and press conference are critical here.

***Jordan Reed didn't practice today. Still in a lot of pain, Reed's shoulder was said to be progressing "slowly" by Jay Gruden. Reed is hoping to play through a high grade shoulder sprain but will have to prove he will have enough strength and range of motion in the shoulder to play effectively and protect himself from a cascade injury. Consider him questionable at best for now.

***A handful of New England offensive players missed practice today. That's unusual. It's rare for the team to hold players out altogether. Often the training staff finds ways to get those players on the field for at least a few individual reps. We still haven't heard much about Rob Gronkowski's back injury. Hopefully no news is good news here and Gronkowski's practice participation increases through Friday.

***Andrew Luck won't get a formal participation listing until Thursday but all indications are he's been cleared for contact and will return to play on Monday night.

***Aaron Rodgers (hamstring) and Derek Carr (finger) have injuries that will limit their practice reps this week. Carr played effectively despite a painful finger dislocation and should not be limited during his game this week. Rodgers will play but likely has a mid-grade hamstring strain. In the past, those injuries have limited Rodgers ability to threaten defenses by scrambling and this one may affect his ability to move in the pocket, too. Watch his practice participation carefully.

***The Chargers often limit offensive players early in week and Tyrell Williams is no exception on Wednesday. The labral injury to his shoulder can be played through but he'll need to show his range of motion is sufficient to play. Depending on the location and severity of the labral tear, we could see him miss a week or two to rehab and strengthen his shoulder to limit the risk on an in-game setback or shoulder dislocation.


THURSDAY NIGHT INJURY EXPECTATIONS

Here are the key offensive players listed on the practice participation or game status report for Thursday Night Football:

Stefon diggs | Knee | Questionable | Expected to Play

Practice Participation: Mon - Limited | Tue - Limited | Wed - Full

Diggs was nearly able to play on Thanksgiving day but elected to rest. He returned to a full practice on Wednesday and, though listed questionable, is expected to return this week. Watch for any pregame news, but Diggs should be safe to use on Thursday night.

Others of note: Sam Bradford (ankle) and Adam Thielen (shoulder) were not listed on Minnesota's game status report and are expected to play through minor injuries.

EARLY WEEK PRACTICE PARTICIPATION REPORT AND EARLY EXPECTATIONS

The Wednesday and Thursday practice participation reports are our first chance to see which players each NFL team are limiting in practice after the previous week's games. Players limited in mid-week practice aren't necessarily in danger of missing that week's game. But they all need to be watched closely.

*Note: Monday night players with asterisk practice Thursday/Friday/Saturday


Quarterbacks
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Aaron Rodgers Hamstring Limited       Expected to Play
Andrew Luck Concussion MNF       Expected to Play
Tom Brady Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Derek Carr Finger Full       Expected to Play
Carson Palmer Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Tyrod Taylor Groin Full       Expected to Play
Blake Bortles Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Alex Smith Chest Full       Expected to Play
Trevor Siemian Foot DNP       Likely to Play
Jay Cutler Shoulder DNP       Likely Inactive

Running Backs
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Mark Ingram Toe DNP       Likely to Play
Lamar Miller Ankle/Ribs Limited       Expected to Play
Jonathan Stewart Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Latavius Murray Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Devontae Booker Ankle Full       Expected to Play
Theo Riddick Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
C.J. Prosise Shoulder DNP       Inactive
T.J. Yeldon Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Chris Ivory Hamstring DNP       Awaiting Information
Ryan Mathews Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Jacquizz Rodgers Foot Full       Expected to Play
DeAngelo Williams Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Mike Gillislee Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
Alfred Blue Calf DNP       Likely Inactive
Tyler Ervin Ribs DNP       Inactive

Wide Receivers
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Antonio Brown Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
A.J. Green Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive
Mike Evans Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
T.Y. Hilton Back MNF       Likely to Play
Larry Fitzgerald Not Injury Related DNP       Expected to Play
Michael Crabtree Ankle Limited       Expected to Play
Emmanuel Sanders Thumb Full       Expected to Play
Tyrell Williams Shoulder DNP       Awaiting Information
Julian Edelman Foot DNP       Expected to Play
Sammy Watkins Foot DNP       Awaiting Information
Jeremy Maclin Groin Limited       Game-time Decision
Kelvin Benjamin Shoulder DNP       Awaiting Information
Jordan Matthews Ankle DNP       Awaiting Information
Marvin Jones Thigh Limited       Expected to Play
DeVante Parker Back DNP       Likely to Play
DeSean Jackson Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Michael Floyd Hamstring Limited       Likely to Play
John Brown Illness DNP       Likely Inactive
Eddie Royal Toe DNP       Likely to Play
Will Fuller Knee Full       Expected to Play
Tavon Austin Chest DNP       Likely to Play
Torrey Smith Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Robert Woods Knee DNP       Likely Inactive
Brandon LaFell Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Chris Hogan Back Limited       Likely to Play
Allen Hurns Hamstring DNP       Likely Inactive

Tight Ends
Player Injury Practice Participation Game Status FBGs Expects
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Rob Gronkowski Back DNP       Likely to Play
Jordan Reed Shoulder DNP       Game-time Decision
Jimmy Graham Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Travis Kelce Shoulder Full       Expected to Play
Martellus Bennett Ankle/Shoulder DNP       Likely to Play
Charles Clay Knee DNP       Expected to Play
Julius Thomas Back DNP       Awaiting Information
C.J. Fiedorowicz Shoulder Limited       Expected to Play

*Note: Monday night players with asterisk practice Thursday/Friday/Saturday

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